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Monday, November 22, 2010

Interested in the CDEC Collection?

Members of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Hawaii research in the CDEC Collection at the Vietnam Archive

The Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) Microfilm Collection is one of our most often used collections, and one on the most frustrating to access due to its lack of a useful index.  The collection contains a variety of documents captured from the North Vietnamese and Vietcong during the war, and is an invaluable resource for researchers.  Since 2004, we have been working on adding the materials from this collection to the Virtual Vietnam Archive, and have currently added over 39,000 files (325,000 pages), representing just a fraction of this collection.  Thousands of new pages are added each month.

The Vietnam Center and Archive, with the assistance of the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and the Texas Tech Computer Science Department, is currently working on a project to make the entire collection available online, including the metadata from the 8-bit coding created by the Filesearch machine during the original filming of the materials during the war.

For more information about CDEC, including a brief history of the collection, instructions for searching for items in the Virtual Vietnam Archive, and our future plans for making the entire collection available online, see our new Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) Collection Digitization Project page.

Links:

The CDEC Collection Digitization Project page – http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/resources/cdec/

The Virtual Vietnam Archive – http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/

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